Horsepower Productions – In Fine Style

Compilation of 12-inchers by London producers

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“Hyperdub” isn’t an ideal name for this music, but better than ghastly alternatives like “intelligent 2-step.” Horsepower apply architecture to their post-drum’n’bass adventures, and while tracks like “Fist Of Fury” drift too far into Gilles Peterson-land, interest is ensured by the slaloms of punchy rhythm which ski round your head (“Pimp Flavors”), the dancehall interjections (“Gorgon Sound”), the immense vistas of space that owe more to Juan Atkins than Lee Perry (“The Swindle”), and even, in “To The Beat Y’All”, what sounds like Todd Terry meets Boards Of Canada.

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